The next UFC welterweight title fight is official as defending champion Kamaru Usman looks to defend his title for the sixth time against Leon Edwards at UFC 278 on August 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the meantime, the next competitor in line will have to be sorted.
Despite Edwards’ long 10-fight unbeaten streak, the Usman duo still isn’t the freshest, considering Usman handed ‘Rocky’ his last loss in December 2015. However, when most of the members of the MMA community think of the most attractive new match- for the champion, Khamzat Chimaev is the first that comes to mind.
Bursting onto the scene in 2020 like no fighter has ever done before, Chimaev dominated his first four opponents with impossible ease. It was not until the appearance of the fifth octagon of “Borz” that he suffered a difficult ascent.
At UFC 273 last April, Chimaev faced former title challenger Gilbert Burns in what turned out to be a contender for Fight of the Year and that night’s fight of the night. . Suffering more damage than he may have suffered in his 11-fight career up to that point, Chimaev continued to prove the hype was real, coming away as the winner by decision unanimous.
Now ranked No. 3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings, Chimaev is increasingly attracting other contenders to face him, such as fifth-placed Belal Muhammad. Impressed with Burns’ performance, Muhammad also noticed a few holes in Chimaev’s play.
“I saw weaknesses in him,” Muhammad said food truck notebooks. “Obviously people are like, ‘Oh man, he’s not as good as we thought he was. But I’m like, ‘Yo, he showed he got the chin, he showed he got the power,’ and it’s like you’re going up against Gilbert Burns.
Although not to the same degree as Chimaev, Muhammad is also on a roll. Undefeated in his last eight outings, Muhammad has earned three straight no-contest wins over the aforementioned Edwards acting as the divider in his fight chain.
After looking better than ever in his last two outings against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Vicente Luque, Muhammad has taken the time to go back and forth with Chimaev on social media. Ultimately, this led to the two agreeing to fight, but the UFC has yet to act to make the fight.
If the fight ends up falling apart, “Remember The Name” has every confidence that he is the one to hand Chimaev his first loss.
“When you get to the top five, if you don’t fight with a strategy, you’re going to lose to the good guys,” Muhammad said. “For me, these last three fights, I showed that I could fight with a strategy because they were all different fighters. I fought Demian Maia, which is – I had to stand. I couldn’t be taken down, so it was all defensive grappling. Then I fought ‘Wonderboy’, and I’m not going to kickbox ‘Wonderboy’, so I’m going to go out there and knock ‘Wonderboy’ down.
“He’s not an easy guy to take down and I don’t have a college wrestling. I’m not a Division I wrestler, but I fight with a strategy, and I’ve dominated more than anyone has ever dominated. Then you fight a guy like Luque, who knocked me out, who has the most finishes at welterweight and he’s good on his feet and good on the ground. How you gonna beat a guy like that? Well, with movement and footwork, then shooting when he least expects it.
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— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 17, 2022
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